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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Looking to start your career in early childhood education and care? This course teaches you how to support children’s development when working with babies or children up to 6 years in family day care, after-school care or other childcare environments.

Job prospects

+ Early Childhood Educator

+ Family Daycare Educator

+ Nanny

+ Playgroup Supervisor

+ Out of School Hours (OOSH) Care Educator


+ Duration: 9-12 months

+ Work placement: 160 hours

Local students Yes

International students No

Is this funded?

Yes - Government funding is available to eligible students. Please click here to see if you qualify.

How can I study?

This course is available to study on campus, in Melbourne CBD, or as a traineeship. Call us to discuss your options.

Satisfied with training

Percentage of graduates of this course who were satisfied with the training.

Improved work status

Percentage of graduates of this course who started/expanded a business or who have a new job, more highly skilled work, a promotion or higher pay.

Average weekly pay

Average weekly pay for a Child Carer. You usually need a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to work as a Child Carer.

National code: CHC30121

Units: 15 core + 2 elective

Location: MCIE City Campus, Level 8 & 9, 250 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Program delivery: Blended training

Work placement: 160 hours

Total duration: 36 – 52 weeks

Delivery weeks: 36 – 48 weeks

Holiday weeks: 4 weeks depending on course start date

Government subsidised: $150*

Government concession: $30*

Self-funded: $5000

Textbooks and MCIE T-Shirt: $190^

*This program is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding to eligible candidates. Eligibility criteria applies.

Enrolment fees include additional resources required for the program and student ID charges. For additional service fees, such as re-assessment fees or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook.

^Students can decide whether they wish to purchase soft copy or hard copy textbooks.

Job titles may include:

  • Childcare Worker

  • Family Day Carer

  • Child Carer

  • Childcare Assistant


Workforce demand

According to the Victorian Skills Authority, there were 31,021 Child Carers employed in Victoria in 2022, with 2,734 workers required by 2025.

The National Skills Commission indicates:

  • There are currently 136,100 Child Carers employed in Australia

  • Future growth for this role is at nearly 6%

  • Weekly earnings for Child Carers are around $1,059

  • 47% of Child Carers work full-time

  • 95% of Child Carers are women, with an average age of 33.


There are no prerequisite qualifications required to enter this program.


Education and skills

Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for this program level, and demonstrate they are a suitable candidate for this program.



You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of at least 18 years of age.

All candidates require a Unique Student Identification (USI) number. If you do not have a USI number you can apply for one online at, or you can give MCIE administration staff permission to apply on your behalf.


Students with disabilities

MCIE welcomes all people with disabilities, learning differences and medical conditions. Acceptance in this program is subject to candidates’ ability to undertake all program requirements as discussed in the Pre-Training Review, with reasonable adjustments where applicable.


Digital technology

Students must have sufficient digital literacy skills to access online content, enter answers to written questions and communicate with trainers via email, the student portal and the learning management system.


Industry requirements

Candidates may be asked to provide evidence of the following for work placement (requirements vary according to host employer policies):

  • National Police Check

  • Working with Children Check

  • Flu vaccination and COVID-19 vaccinations


Prior experience

Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are available. Credit Transfer is free of charge. RPL application fees are $145 per hour. Please click here for more information on RPL fees, terms and conditions.

Blended training delivery

This program is delivered as blended training, both in-person and remotely in real-time via Microsoft Teams, for approximately 7.5 hours per week, with up to 5 hours trainer-directed learning each week.

This course is also available as a traineeship for domestic (local) students.



Assessment for this program includes written tasks, long and short answer questions, multiple choice quizzes, group tasks, oral presentations, role plays, scenarios, case studies, work placement journals, logbooks, portfolios and projects. Most assessments are delivered online via the Canvas LMS.


Required equipment

We recommend that students have access to a laptop or tablet to submit their assessments. MCIE provides access to Microsoft Office.

Core Units

HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing

CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting

CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children

CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children

CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers

CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice

CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice

CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning

CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment

CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care

CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care

CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity

CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures

Elective Units

BSBPEF301 Organise personal work priorities

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

Nationally Recognised Training

This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.

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Start a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at the MCIE Werribee Campus. Situated in the heart of the Melbourne suburb Werribee, the MCIE campus is located at the end of Watton Street, near the local Woolworths and Bunnings stores. Just 32km south of the city CBD, the Werribee campus is a three-minute walk from public transport services, including the Werribee train station and Duncans Road bus stop. The campus is also accessible by car, but do keep in mind that street parking is limited in the area.

Werribee Campus Map

Study a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at the MCIE Melbourne CBD Campus. Just an 8-minute walk to the stunning Alexandra Gardens – The perfect place to study or relax after a class. Getting to the Melbourne CBD campus is even easier with the Flinders Street Railway Station just 5 minutes down the block.

Melbourne City Campus Map

The reviews

I enjoyed and learned lot studying at MCIE

May 29, 2023

It was great experience studying here. Everyone one was very supportive and friendly .My trainer Ayesha is an amazing teacher and I’m so grateful to have her. She made it easy to understand . Thank you for teaching our class and helping us through the learning process.Her course knowledge and expertise in teaching has put our minds at ease.I would also like to thank entire MCIE team for their quick response and support .

I would highly recommend this institute.


Great company and everyone is so friendly!

February 4, 2022

Great company everyone is so friendly and wants to help anyone that needs help… the courses are great and the teachers are always happy, friendly and willing to go above and beyond to assist.

Anna Blanche

Studying the Certificate III in Early Childhood was my stepping stone

February 4, 2022

Hi everyone, let me tell you of how MCIE was my stepping stone to many avenues. First of all, I will thank Najaah, Maggie, Gemma, Decshen, Hayli, Jumbee and Maryann for their help. As an International student, I felt welcomed from the start. I enrolled in Certificate III Early Childhood last year. Through Hayli’;s guidance and patience, I was able to complete my placement where I was offered a job in childcare. With hard work, things went smoothly. I would recommend others to join MCIE as they are just there for you. Thank you very much to all.


I love this child care coure!

April 20, 2021

This is the best course to start your career in the booming Child care industry. I love the staff and atmosphere at MCIE !

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